This… I never thought would happen.
It’s just unbelievable.
I mean, who could have predicted this?
What are the in-laws going to think?
We’re going to have to cancel the trip to Del Boca Vista.
Get the kids, we’re leaving.
According to a new study… (sigh) …are you ready for this?
((( junk food is bad )))
I can’t believe it either.
Apparently a study involving over 16,000 people around the world suggests that a typical Western style of eating increases a person’s risk of heart attack by 35%.
A diet high in:
- Fried foods
- Refined carbohydrates
- Red and processed meat
- Salty snacks
- and soda
Three major patterns of diet emerged:
- Oriental – high in tofu, soy, and sauces
- Western – high in fried, fatty, salty, and sweet foods
- Prudent – high in fruits and vegetables, and low in meat and fried foods
“People were scored according to how many times a day, week or month they ate eggs, grains, red and white meats, fish, dairy, raw vegetables, fruits and other foods. The more they consumed of an “adverse” food, such as red meat or fried or salty snacks, the higher the score.
After adjusting for smoking, cholesterol, diabetes and other risk factors, prudent eaters had a 30 per cent lower risk of heart attack compared to people who ate little or no fruits and vegetables.
Those who scored high on the “Western” diet were 35 per cent more likely to have a heart attack versus those who ate little or no fried foods and meat.”
Who’d have thunk it? Well, besides me, and a heck of a lot of other people.
The authors wanted to stress that they are not just targeting the “western” diet. They did call it that for a reason (because it is mostly what westerners eat), but people from other parts of the world eat that way as well.
“Most people in North America would think of french fries, pizza and potato chips as the big offenders here,” says co-author Dr. Sonia Anand, professor of medicine at McMaster.
“That’s true, but we also include into that things like samosas and pakoras and fried won ton so that this message applies generally to people from India, people from China — that deep frying is not good for you.”
I know what you’re thinking, though…
Fried foods – duh. Red meat – duh. Soda – duh. But eggs?
Unfortunately, even though they are a good source of protein, they are high in saturated fat, and VERY high in cholesterol.
Both can lead to heart disease, especially when coupled with the rest of the typical western diet. They’re even a bad source of omega-3’s.
So, if you eat well, then of course a few eggs are fine. But adding them to the pile of junk will set you up for failure.
Likewise, if heart disease, or for that matter diseases such as cancer and diabetes run in your family, perhaps you should consider watching what you eat.
What a novel idea!